Developers plan world's first Living Building Challenge certified retail development

Development company, Frasers Property, is planning what it claims will be the most sustainable shopping centre in the world. With the aim of achieving the Living Building Challenge accreditation, Frasers has planned the Burwood Brickworks development in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood as a mixed use development with residential, retail and hospitality functions. It includes a proposed 2000sqm Rooftop Urban Farm & Restaurant. Frasers Property Executive GM of Retail, Peri Macdonald said the concept will transform the way we think about the impact of hospitality and retail on the natural environment. “This is an Australian first, that will completely reconsider how food is sourced and provided by retailers. Two thousand square metres of productive agricultural space has been evenly split between greenhouses, external planter boxes and landscaped growing areas,” he said. “Burwood Brickworks is anticipated to be the world’s most sustainable shopping centre which will be determined a year after launch in 2019 and will have in excess of 12,700sqm of retail to share. We’re now interested in talking to unique food and beverage providers wanting to lease 2,000sqm of Urban Rooftop Farm & Restaurant site located on the shopping centre’s rooftop,” Macdonald said.

Measures that will be employed on the rooftop to lessen the ecological footprint include mulching excess organic material for compost, implementing ‘closed loop’ water reduction management and limiting food and waste transportation.

The sustainability concept for the rooftop is key to accrediting the building as Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built retail building, and the world’s first Living Building Challenge certified retail development. A Living Building has a net zero carbon footprint, produces more electricity than it consumes, grows agriculture on 20% of the site and is net water and waste positive amongst other social and health benefits including access to natural daylight, indoor air quality and constructed from non-toxic and recycled materials.

The development follows Frasers Property’s Central Park development in Chippendale NSW, a project with a building designed by Jean Nouvel, and housing the world’s largest living wall designed by landscape artist Patrick Blanc.

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